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Anwar Sadmani

AHM Anwar Sadmani

Associate Professor

Phone: 407-823-2781
Office: ENG I, Room 247

A H M Anwar Sadmani is an associate professor in the Department Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida. Sadmani received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the same institute. He received his master’s degree from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands, and his bachelor’s degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.

The primary area of his research is conventional and nanomaterial-functionalized membranes, and green environmental media-based hybrid processes for water and wastewater treatment and water reuse applications. His current research focuses on remediating a wide range of CECs including the “forever chemicals”, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and algal toxins via hybrid processes including multifunctional membranes and novel green sorption media, as well as the fate and transport of CECs in environmental media.  Sadmani’s research funding sources include federal agencies (USEPA, DoD, and NASA), state agencies (Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Sea Grant, Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida), and several industrial partners.

  • Advanced physical and chemical water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Membrane (conventional and functionalized) treatment of contaminants of emerging concern (CEC) and emerging disinfection by-products
  • Membrane-based hybrid processes for treating impaired quality water
  • Green environmental media-based hybrid processes for water and wastewater treatment and water reuse applications
  • Membrane-micropollutant interactions
  • CEC fate and transport in water
  • Valencia, A., Ordonez, D., Sadmani, A., Reinhart, D., Chang, N.B. (2023) Comparing the removal and fate of long and short chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) during surface water treatment via specialty adsorbents. Journal of Water Process Engineering 56, 104345
  • Munshi, F.M., Hwang, J.H., Park, J., Sadmani, A., Khan, M.A., Jeon, B.H., Lee, W.H. (2023) Electric field forward osmosis (EFFO) fouling mitigation in algae harvesting. Separation and Purification Technology 327, 124868
  • Islam, M., Valencia, A., Ordonez, D., Sadmani, A., Chang, N.B. (2023) The effect of green sorption media pretreatment on nanofiltration during water treatment for long and short chain per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) removal. Separation and Purification Technology, 324, 124548
  • Ordonez, D., Podder, A.§, Valencia, A., Sadmani, A., Reinhart, D., Chang, N.B. (2022) Continuous fixed-bed column adsorption of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from canal water using zero-valent iron-based filtration media. Separation and Purification Technology 299, 121800 (IF = 9.136)
  • Ordonez, D., Valencia, A., Sadmani, A., Chang, N.B. (2022) Green sorption media for the removal of perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from water. Science of the Total Environment 819, 152886 (IF = 10.754)
  • Olimattel, K., Zhai, L., Sadmani, A. (2021) Enhanced removal of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid via polyelectrolyte functionalized ultrafiltration membrane: effects of membrane modification and water matrix. Journal of Hazardous Materials Letters 2, 100043
  • Podder, A., Sadmani, A.H.M.A., Reinhart. D., Chang, N.B., Goel, R. (2021) Per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances as contaminants of emerging concern in surface water: a transboundary review of their occurrences and toxicity effects. Journal of Hazardous Materials 419, 126361 (IF = 14.224)
  • Esfahani, A.R., Zhai, L., Sadmani, A. (2021) Removing heavy metals from landfill leachate using electrospun polyelectrolyte fiber mat-laminated ultrafiltration membrane. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 9(4), 105355 (IF = 7.968)
  • Rahman, M.F., Mahmud, M.J., Sadmani, A., Chowdhury, A.I., Anderson, W.B., Badruzzaman, A.B.M., Huq, S. (2021) Previously unrecognized potential threat to children from manganese in groundwater in Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Chemosphere 266, 129128 (IF = 8.943)
  • Olimattel, K., Church, J., Lee, W.H., Chumbimuni-Torres, K.Y., Zhai, L., Sadmani, A. (2020) Enhanced fouling resistance and antimicrobial property of ultrafiltration membranes via polyelectrolyte-assisted silver phosphate nanoparticle immobilization. Membranes 10(10), 293 (IF = 4.562)
  •  Rodriguez, K.L, Hwang, J.-H., Esfahani, A.R., Sadmani, A., Lee, W.H. (2020) Recent developments of PFASs detecting sensors and future direction: a review. Micromachines 11(7), 667 (IF = 3.523)
  • Esfahani, A.R., Zhang, Z., Sip, Y.Y., Zhai, L., Sadmani, A. (2020) Removal of heavy metals from water using electrospun polyelectrolyte complex fiber mats. Journal of Water Process Engineering 37, 101438 (IF = 7.34)
  • Li, H., Ko, T-J.; Lee, M., Chung, H-S.; Han, S.S., Oh, K.H., Sadmani, A., Kang, H., Jung, Y. (2019) Experimental realization of few layer 2D MoS2 membranes of near atomic thickness for high efficiency water desalination. Nano Letters 19(18), 5194-5204 (IF =12.262)
  • Toure, H., Sadmani, A. (2019) Nanofiltration of perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid as a function of water matrix properties. Water Supply 19(8), 2199-2205 (IF =1.768)
  • Yu, X., Stuart, A., Liu, Y., Ivey, C., Russell, A., Kan, H., Henneman, L., Sarnat, S., Hasan, S., Sadmani, A., Yang, X., Yu, H. (2019) On the potential of Google Map location history data in characterizing historical individual mobility for retrospective air pollution health studies. Environmental Pollution 252(Part A), 924-930 (IF = 9.988).
  • Esfahani, M.R., Aktij, S.A., Dabaghian, Z., Firouzjaei, M.D., Rahimpour, A., Eke, J., Escobar, I.C., Abolhassani, M., Greenlee, L., Esfahani, A.R., Sadmani, A., Koutahzadeh, N. (2019) Nanocomposite membranes for water purification: Fabrication, modification, and applications. Separation and Purification Technology 213, 465-499 (IF = 9.316)
  • Church, J., Ryu, H., Sadmani, A.H.M.A., Randall, A.A., Santo Domingo, J.W., Lee, W.H. (2018) A novel symbiotic microalgae-IFAS process for photo-oxygenation and nutrient removal: multiscale investigations using microelectrodes and next-generation molecular tools. Bioresource Technology 268, 128-138 (IF = 11.889)
  • Munshi, F.M., Church, J.K., Sadmani, A, Lee, W.H. (2018) Dewatering algae using an aquaporin-based polyethersulfone forward osmosis membrane. Separation and Purification Technology 204, 154-16 (IF = 9.316)
  • Woods, G.C., Sadmani, A.H.M.A., Andrews, S. A., Bagley, D.M., Andrews, R.C. (2016) Rejection of pharmaceutically-based N-Nitrosodimethylamine precursors using nanofiltration. Water Research 93, 179-186 (IF = 13.4)
  • Sadmani, A.H.M.A., Andrews, R.C., Bagley, D.M. (2014) Rejection of pharmaceutically active and endocrine disrupting compounds by nanofiltration as a function of source water humic substances. Journal of Water Process Engineering 2, 63-70 (IF = 7.34)
  • Sadmani, A.H.M.A., Andrews, R.C., Bagley, D.M. (2014) Influence of naturally occurring dissolved organic matter, colloids, and cations on nanofiltration of pharmaceutically active and endocrine disrupting compounds. Chemosphere 117, 170-177 (IF = 8.943)
  • Sadmani, A.H.MA., Andrews, R.C., Bagley, D. M. (2014) Impact of natural water colloids and cations on the rejection of pharmaceutically active and endocrine disrupting compounds by nanofiltration. Journal of Membrane Science 450, 272-281 (IF = 10.53)
  • Sadmani, A.H.M.A., Andrews, R.C., Bagley, D.M. (2014) Nanofiltration of pharmaceutically active and endocrine disrupting compounds as a function of compound interactions with DOM fractions and cations in natural water. Separation and Purification Technology 122, 462-471 (IF = 9.316)
  • Yangali-Quintanilla, V., Sadmani, A., McConville, M., Kennedy, M., Amy, G. (2010) A QSAR model for predicting rejection of emerging contaminants (pharmaceuticals, endocrine disruptors) by nanofiltration membranes. Water Research 44, 373-384 (IF = 13.4)
  •  Yangali-Quintanilla, V., Sadmani, A., Kennedy, M., Amy, G. (2010) A QSAR (quantitative structure-activity relationship) approach for modelling and prediction of rejection of emerging contaminants by NF membranes. Desalination and Water Treatment 13, 149-155 (IF = 1.273)
  • Yangali-Quintanilla, V., Sadmani, A., McConville, M., Kennedy, M., Amy, G. (2009) Rejection of pharmaceutically active compounds and endocrine disrupting compounds by clean and fouled nanofiltration membranes. Water Research 43, 2349-2362 (IF = 13.4)
  • Yangali-Quintanilla, V., Verliefde, A., Kim, T. U., Sadmani, A., Kennedy, M., Amy, G. (2009) Artificial neural network models based on QSAR for predicting rejection of neutral organic compounds by polyamide nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes. Journal of Membrane Science 342, 251-262 (IF = 10.53).
  • 2022: The UCF Teaching Incentive Program award
  • 2018: 15th Annual P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
  • 2013: Student Best Paper Award
  • 2013:  AMTA/AWWA Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, February 28, San Antonio, TX
  • 2012 – 2013: Ontario Graduate Scholarship, jointly funded by the Province of Ontario and the University of Toronto
  • 2008 – 2012: University of Toronto Fellowship
  • 2006 – 2008: The Netherlands Fellowship Program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1998 – 2004: Government Merit Scholarship, Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh
  • Professional Engineers Ontario 
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors 
  • American Water Works Association 
  • American Membrane Technology Association 
  • American Chemical Society 
  • Florida Water Environment Association 
  • Water Environment Federation 
  • ENV 3001: Environmental Engineering
  • ENV 4531: Environmental Eng. Operations and Processes
  • ENV 4561: Advanced Environmental Eng. Operations and Processes
  • EES 4202: Chemical Process Control
  • Graduate Courses:
  • ENV 5410: Water Treatment
  • ENV6558: Industrial Waste Treatment

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